Mini Countryman: luxurious alternative to crossover rivals

MINI Countryman

What the motoring press is saying about the MINI Countryman

LAST UPDATED AT 12:24 ON Thu 19 Dec 2013

Pros: Generous load space, impressive engines, best-handling model in crossover class

Cons: High-spec versions are expensive, firm ride, cheap interior

3.7/5, Car Buyer "The MINI Countryman was the first four-door MINI, bringing a welcome dose of practicality to balance out MINI's recipe for fun and driver appeal. This is a MINI that can comfortably seat four adults and carry their luggage without cramping anyone's knees or limiting passenger headroom. It's also the first MINI to have a boot of a useful size too.

The Countryman comes with either two or four-wheel drive, with the latter giving the car some basic off-road ability. More unusually, the Countryman can be chosen with either a four or five-seat interior layout. We’d actually go for the five-seat model, but the four-seater does offer individual sliding rear seats that can be used to open up extra space in the boot, which should be appealing for those who regularly fill their cars with luggage or shopping. It's quite an expensive car, but offers a luxurious, premium alternative to crossover rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Yeti. The MINI Countryman comes in six main specifications – the entry-level One, then the Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D, Cooper SD and the top-of-the-range performance-focused MINI Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW)."

4/5, Auto Express "Inside, there's MINI's trademark chrome toggle switches and huge central speedometer, plus the new Centre Rail which holds cups, sunglasses and phones. The interior isn’t perfect, though. Some plastics in out-of-the-way places feel a little cheap for a model that starts at £22,030, and the aircraft-inspired handbrake lever takes some getting used to."

3/5, What Car? "The Countryman blends the retro style that Mini buyers love with enough practicality for a small family. All versions are frugal and well equipped."

4/5 Parker's "MINI is the latest to jump on to the crossover bandwagon insisting that its new creation, the Countryman, is definitely not a 4x4 and absolutely not a hatchback. It's a 'crossover' and no argument. Of course, the motivation behind all this is the predicted sales that it might achieve." · 

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